We’re simply a week away from the debut of the S9 and S9 Plus. The undisputed Android king in the smartphone market is about to release its next big thing, the S9 and S9 Plus. Many leaks, renders and rumors have been suggesting the “tock” improvements Samsung’s about to bring to the table. So far, it seems like Samsung has done a ton of re-wiring on the inside of the S9 and S9 Plus. Here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus so far along with a couple of new images that have made their way onto the internet.
It was evident by the leaks and rumors that the S9 and S9 Plus would be “tock” refreshes. With the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, Samsung would improve on the shortcomings of the S8 and S8 Plus and would implement a ton of goodies that would make the S9 and S9 Plus attractive to many customers.
The Display and Chin
Despite what the early leaks suggested about Samsung’s decision to completely remove the chin on the S9 and S9 Plus, recent leaks have been suggesting other plans from Samsung. With the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, it seems like Samsung would be holding on to the chin from the S8 and would port it to the S9 and S9 Plus. In fact, a ton of leakers have suggested that the S9 and S9 Plus would carry similar dimensions compared to their predecessors and would also have a similar feel in the hand as the S8 and S8 Plus.
However, since the Note 8 brought an improved sAMOLED display to the market, we should expect Samsung to bring the same or a better display from Samsung with the S9 and S9 Plus. What we shouldn’t expect and has been leaked by a number of leaks is the resolution of both of these phones. With the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launch, Samsung simply diminished any hope of a 4K display thanks to their adoption of the bezel-less trend. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus packed 2960×1440 (18.5:9 / 37:18 ) sAMOLED displays and having an upgrade to the resolution to the displays seems to be quite unlikely on their side. The same goes for the display size as well. We’re still expecting a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch display from the S9 and the S9 Plus for the same reason.
The Cameras – 25% More Light?, Approved!
However, when it comes to what Samsung has done in the camera department, it seems like Samsung has really done something remarkable with the cameras on the S9 and S9 Plus. Based off of rumors, leaks and how vocal Samsung is being about the cameras on the S9, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus would bring a ton of improvements in the camera game. These improvements include super slo-mo video recordings at up to 960 FPS at Full HD, laser and dual-pixel autofocus along with variable apertures.
Alongside that, it seems like Samsung would be adding support for AI to assist in identifying and optimizing images taken from the S9’s camera through deep-learning. Since both, Qualcomm and Snapdragon SoC variants of the S9 and S9 Plus feature deep-learning capabilities and support for 10-bit color reproduction. Not only would this allow the S9 to capture better colors, but should also allow images to pop when viewed on larger displays.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 would feature a 12MP rear camera with dual aperature modes, f/1.5 and f/2.4. While the front camera seems be to be packing an 8MP camera with a fixed aperture of f/1.7.
Now while all of those improvements would be shared by both variants of the S9, the S9 and the S9 Plus, the S9 Plus would exclusively pack a dual camera setup at its rear.
Rumors are suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus would be able to capture 25% more light compared to their predecessors and would also be one of the best smartphone camera to shoot in low-light….. with animoji capabilities ripped off of the iPhone X.
Here’s a teaser from Samsung Korea’s YouTube channel that highlights a number of fast-moving objects which obviously teases the slo-mo recording capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
The S9 Would Be A Beast!
While Samsung continues to tease about the S9’s camera, everyone knows that the Samsung Galaxy S9 would simply be a beast in the performance department. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus is said to pack similar internals with the exception of a dual camera setup on the larger S9 Plus and the amount of RAM they embody in themselves.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus would pack either a Snapdragon 845 SoC or Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9810 (depending on region), a QHD+ HDR-enabled sAMOLED display, 64GB of storage and upto 3500mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is said to pack 4GB of RAM. While the S9 Plus would pack 6GB of RAM giving it a slight advantage to hold apps inside of its memory.
Based off of what Samsung has teased of their Exynos 9810 SoC, Samsung’s Exynos 9810 would have slight advantages over its Snapdragon counterpart. These include Samsung’s in-house optimizations, support for their new MFC and a host of power management tweaks. Additionally, Samsung has had to off how capable the 9810 is, Samsung says that the 9810 is capable of recording videos at 4K/120FPS. Whether Samsung actually enables that option in the S9 and S9 Plus would remain as a mystery until next week.
What’s would be disappointing for me personally would be to see the S9 being left in a dark corner with its 4GB of RAM. While it may not be much, those 4GB of RAM would be enough to show the age of the S9 in a few years time.
Samsung goes trendy with the S9 and S9+
While Samsung has done well with their color options, it seems like Samsung has a few colors for the S9 and S9 Plus. These colors include Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple and Coral Blue.
Here’s a few more pictures that have made their way onto the internet.
So far, it seems like the renders and leaks were quite indicative of the final product. The leaks and renders solidified earlier this week when Dbrand listed the S9 and S9 Plus skins up for grabs on their website which definitely lined up with the leaks and renders.
Now what’s left is for Samsung to show off what they have left on the show floor next week.